Biomedical Engineering (with placement year)
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BEng (Hons)
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
Apply professional engineering knowledge to understand, modify and control biological systems on this 4-year BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering degree, including a sandwich placement year in industry.
You’ll study disciplines such as:
- rehabilitation engineering – prosthetic / orthotic devices
- biomaterials and implant design
- tissue engineering and wound repair for artificial organs
- genomic coding and genetic engineering
- medical technology – design and manufacturing
All teaching is informed by the latest research, and is delivered by experienced medical engineers and clinical scientists. You’ll also gain professional insight from leading industry partners, and hands-on practical experience in our state-of-the-art engineering laboratories.
A placement year in industry enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence.
Depending on your level of progress, transfer to our integrated Master's degree is possible at the end of either your first or second year. The MEng programme comprises an extra fourth academic year of more in-depth study, and can be taken with or without a placement year in industry.
These courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) accreditation. This course is recognised by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).
"The University of Bradford was the only place in the UK to offer a MEng programme with a combination of course modules which directly suited my interests. I wanted to study Medical Engineering as I knew the mixture of health-related skills and professional engineering skills would open up diverse career opportunities."
We were the first University in the UK to offer accredited undergraduate programmes in medical engineering. Our programmes have a very strong biological, clinical and medical component, while providing core engineering and technology skills.
We have strong links with biomedical engineering companies, both locally and nationally, to help you gain industry knowledge and experience. Professional engineers from these companies deliver workshops and seminars to our students. We also have close links to hospitals in the region and throughout the UK, which offer placement opportunities for our students giving you the chance to gain experience of working directly with clinicians and patients.
This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), putting you on the road to Chartered Engineer status.
We offer state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, including:
- world-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments
- cell/tissue engineering laboratory for in-vitro culturing of various tissues, and wound repair
- tissue characterisation laboratory, incorporating an atomic force microscopy (AFM) suite
- world-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments
- movement laboratory, which enables the movement and gait of patients to be analysed with a VICON motion capture facility
- electrostatics laboratory for evaluating the impact of electrical charge on biological and medical systems
Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points
To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DMM. Must be an Engineering subject - Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module at minimum Distinction.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
Additional entry requirements:
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
- Engineering Mathematics (20 credits) - core
To develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills in fundamental topics of mathematics so that students can later build on these to describe, model, analyse and evaluate engineering problems using a range of mathematical techniques and appropriate software for calculations.
- Computer Aided Engineering (20 credits) - core
To provide an appreciation of computer aided design, analysis and simulation methods over a range of engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Medical) and to provide experience of the use of industry standard CAE tools through design, modelling, simulation, analysis of structures, processes, systems or components.
- Materials Technology & Structural Mechanics (20 credits) - core
Provides an introduction to engineering materials and their properties, with particular reference to their manufacturing technology, selection and different industrial applications.
- Skills for Engineering (20 credits) - core
The module is designed to provide a project based hands on team based module with integrates the learning from other modules during the first year.
- Practical Electronics (20 credits) – core
To develop practical electronics knowledge & skills, including; reading & creating circuit diagrams, understanding the function of components, designing PCBs using CAD & developing lab documentation & soldering skills.
- Anatomy & Physiology (20 credits) – core
To assist the students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body; cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; muscular-skeletal systems; cells and tissues; normal versus cancer cells; human fluid mechanics.
At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
- Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits) – core
To establish an appreciation and working knowledge of the premise that analytical (deterministic) and statistical tools are components of a larger integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
- Material Engineering & Design (20 credits) – core
The aim of this module is to develop core technical knowledge and understanding of the intimate relationship between mechanical engineering design (form and function), manufacturing methods and materials selection.
- Digital & Analogue Electronics (20 credits) – core
To introduce analogue electronic devices and circuits, the principles of digital logic,and digital system design.
- Biomechanics & Human Biodynamics (20 credits) – core
This module aims to provide an overview of how the human body experiences forces in static and dynamic situations, and how gait and posture is analysed and evaluated. It also aims to carry out the most important physiological measurements for the clinical assessment of the human body.
- Healthcare Technology Project (20 credits) – core
To demonstrate the multiple elements required for a successful product design process from initial ideas to functional prototypes.
- Cell & Tissue Biology (20 credits) – core
This module aims to provide a good understanding of human physiology and the ways in which cells and tissue interact with invasive medical devices and implants.
At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
- Project (30 credits) - core
- Six Sigma for Business Excellence (10 credits) - core
The students will be able to acquire a deep understanding of the theories and practices of six sigma and associated quality assurance and management principles, and directly apply them to a variety of product and service industries.
- Medical Ethics & Regulations (10 credits) – core
Critical review of medical ethics and regulations within medical engineering.
- Materials Failure Analysis (20 credits) – core
This module builds on core knowledge of materials science & structural mechanics and aims to provide the integrated knowledge & skills to; - recognise the important failure mechanisms which lead to catastrophic structural failure under static & cyclic loading -select appropriate analytical methods.
- Biomaterials with Implant Design & Technology (20 credits) – core
This module aims to develop the critical knowledge of base biomaterials and also aims to integrate and apply existing knowledge to implant design and technology and to apply general design procedures/methodology to medical devices such as joint replacements, including hip, knee and other joints.
- Rehabilitation Engineering (10 credits) – core
To critically evaluate corrective or assistive devices and prosthetics in patient rehabilitation with good understanding of the main bone, muscular and skeletal disorders, diagnosis and possible treatments.
- Financial & Project Management (20 credits) – core
Enable students to acquire a sound understanding of the financial and accounting principles, and apply these principles for decision making and control purposes in a commercial business environment.
Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
Learning activities and assessment
You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, field trips, small group projects, invited lectures and seminars and self-study. We offer a wide choice of modules, so you can study all aspects of your chosen subject and keep your career options open.
This 4-year BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.
The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional biomedical engineer.
During the second year we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned to your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.
Our students have undertaken placements with organisations such as:
- DePuySynthes (Johnson & Johnson)
- Smith & Nephew
- Biomet Healthcare UK
- GE Healthcare
- Stanmore Orthopaedics
- Smiths Medical
- IMI Precision Manufacturing
- Siemens AG
After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
88% of our 2016 graduates in Medical Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
Health authorities in the UK are among the largest employers in Europe and are supported by a large and diverse industrial sector supplying diagnostic and monitoring equipment, orthopaedic devices and artificial organs. The mix of professional engineering and health related skills acquired will enable you to pursue a wide choice of careers in this dynamic and growing sector.
The average starting salary for our 2016 Medical Engineering MEng graduates was £26,875.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
Cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching and student projects, ensuring your studies are innovative, current and focused - and directly related to developments in the healthcare and orthopaedic industries.
All academic staff are research active, ensuring teaching is research-led and you'll have an effective, insightful supervisor when undertaking industry based projects.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £17,800
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,780
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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